Nets hoping Mirza Teletovic can be big part of this year's team

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets had plenty of opportunities to trade Mirza Teletovic over the off-season ... and at the trade deadline, but they didn't take the bait. They believe they need what he can be, a stretch four who can open up the paint for their quartet of bigs: Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Andray Blatche and Andrei Kirilenko.

They also believe he didn't get the opportunity. Neither does he.

"I could do a little bit more, for sure," he told Mike Mazzeo. "But you can't put me in the game for 10 minutes and tell me to make four shots. It's impossible.

"I would put anybody in my situation and see what they can do," he said. "I think it would be almost the same result or even less. ... It's tough when you don't play."

He has been getting minutes in the rotation down at Duke. As Tim Bontemps noted Friday...

Does it mean anything? At this point, probably not. But expect the Nets to see what he can do. Unlike any of the team's other bigs, he has the range. That's for sure.

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